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Weekly Health News Round-Up (W/E 21/10/16)

Hello and welcome to our weekly round-up of news, views and stats from the world of Health Insurance and Health in general. Our aim is to give you a snapshot of what has been happening in the Health scene in the past 7 days, as reported by the National Media.


Hair straighteners pose child burn riskBBC News 

  • Ten-month-old Joshua is one of hundreds of children admitted to hospital each year after being burned by hair straighteners.
  • He was injured by straighteners that fell off a table and on to his arm. They had just been turned off but were still extremely hot.
  • UK burns units say one in 20 of all admissions for children's burns last year involved hair straighteners.


A stressful job could actually be good for your health, experts sayTelegraph 

  • A stressful job could actually be good for your health, a new study has found.
  • Experts say workers in stressful jobs are a third less likely to die than those with easier roles - but only if the worker is in control of their own workflow.
  • Researchers tracked thousands of workers in their sixties from 2004 and found that, seven years later, those who had freedom and control in their high-stress role were 34 per cent less likely to have died than those in less stressful careers.


Having a lie-in could thwart a man's chance of having childrenTelegraph 

  • Men who are too fond of a morning lie-in could be dramatically damaging their chances of having children, according to new research.
  • A survey of nearly 700 couples found that those where the male partner regularly slept for more than nine hours cut their likelihood of conceiving a baby by 42 per cent.
  • The study, presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual congress, also found that men who slept for under six hours each night were 43 per cent less likely to have a child with their partner than men who slept for eight.


Chilli-eating contest leaves man with inch-wide hole in his throatTelegraph 

  • Competitive eating contests are nothing new, but thanks to the internet an increasing number of people are filming themselves eating super-hot foods, so the world might enjoy footage of their pained reactions.
  • However, a recent report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine might give these chilli-munching attention-seekers pause for thought.
  • Man eats super-hot Ghost Chilli, and ends up ion hospital with a burn hole in his throat


Obese mothers risk shortening lives of children by up to 17 years, study suggestsIndependent 

  • Obese and overweight mothers risk shortening the lives of their children by up to 17 years a new study suggests.
  • Scientists in Belgium discovered a strong link between Body Mass Index (BMI) and the length of telomeres in research involving women and their babies.
  • Telomeres are the protective caps at the end chromosomes which shield DNA in a similar way to the plastic aglets at the end of shoe-laces, preventing unravelling.


Up to a million British women may suffer from psychosis during their periods, gynaecologist warnsIndependent 

  • 'I got psychosis and started seeing things which weren’t there. It happened just like that', one woman told The Independent
  • Up to a million British women may be suffering from an extreme form of PMS which can cause them to go into psychosis or severe depression while on their periods, a senior gynaecologist has warned.
  • The condition means women can experience hallucinations, depression and psychosis


Vitamin D deficiency associated with heightened depression, study findsIndependent 

  • A lack of vitamin D – common in the UK during the autumn and winter months – has been associated with increased symptoms of depression, according to a new study.
  • Study of patients with psychosis also found link to reduced verbal fluency and cognitive impairments
  • Earlier this year everyone in Britain was recommended to take supplements of the vitamin during the darker months.


Coconut oil may taste good, but it's no cure-allIndependent 

  • After so much consumer hype surrounding the health benefits of coconut oil, Ellie Krieger questions whether it really is better for our diets to cook with the white stuff
  • “Should I switch to coconut oil?” is consistently one of the most common questions that are asked by health conscious Britons.
  • Expert Laurence Eyres puts it plainly: “It would be dangerous, and rather silly, to replace your extra-virgin olive oil with coconut oil.”